Dehradun: Once again in Uttarakhand, nature has caused massive waste. Several villages have been destroyed by the glacier bursting in the Tapovan area of Chamoli. The incident became so dangerous that contact with many nearby villages was cut off. So far 14 people have lost their lives due to the glacier breakdown, while more than 170 people are missing. However, so far 28 people have been recused and it is said that about 30 people are stranded in the second tunnel.
The rescue operation is still going on at night to save people. Indian Air Force along with NDRF, SDRF, ITBP, SSB has been engaged in the rescue operation. At the same time, two teams of scientists are going to visit Joshimath and Tapovan to take stock of the devastation in Uttarakhand. This team of scientists will have glaciologists knowledgeable about the glacier. This team of scientists will find out the causes of glacier breakdown. A team of DRDO experts will also visit Joshimath. The DRDO team is to take stock of the surrounding glaciers.
The incident can be gauged from the fact that many teams are still engaged in the rescue operation. Marine commandos including SDRF, NDRF, Army, Air Force, ITBP and SSB personnel have also been deployed. On Uttarakhand incident, ITBP DIG Aparna Kumar said that the big tunnel has been opened 70-80 meters, where debris is being extracted from JCB. According to ITBP DIG Aparna Kumar, 30-40 people have been stranded in the tunnel since yesterday, while about 153 people have gone missing. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has also expressed grief over the Uttarakhand incident. In the Rajya Sabha today, Venkaiah Naidu said that he has spoken to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and reviewed the entire situation. He also said that he is going to talk to the Home Ministry as well.